Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Tunes: Otis Redding covered by St. Paul and The Broken Bones

Happy Tuesday! I haven't written much in a while but sometimes inspiration just starts to strike all at once. I was surfing the interwebs as I often do and found some pretty stellar Otis Redding covers. St. Paul and The Broken Bones are a soul group based out of Alabama and boy do they bring the soul. Rarely do I find Otis covers that I want to listen to as much as the originals, and these guys are at the top of the pile for me. They do enough to make the songs sound new, but truly retain the integrity of what the original songs are. Cheesy though it may be, they don't shy away from the passion that is so engrained in Redding's work, and that element is so vital to the success of these songs, and is a huge part of the reason I've had them on repeat for the past two days.

Starting off with a bang, here's their fast, roaring version of Try a Little Tenderness:


And ending with an equal bang, here's their utterly passionate version of I've Been Loving You Too Long that brought me to tears and Paul to his knees:



If you want to hear more of St. Paul and the Broken Bones (and you really should) click through to Spotify here! Have any favorite covers?

2014 Emmy Awards

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer in the City: Part 2


Time for more adventuring! The city has been keeping me busy (hence the lack of blogging), but I've got plenty of material and photos to share so I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dressometry

Between intern/student life, dancing up a storm, and trying to be as fabulous as Cher Horowitz (a full time job ladies and gents), I also work with a company Dressometry and now I'm shouting from the rooftops about how great it is. You might be thinking that I'm just doing this because I have to or I'm getting something out of it, but really this is about to become your new best friend.

In an age where the internet has every option under the sun, sometimes you need a way to filter through everything to find what you want, and that is exactly what Dressometry does for you. It provides you with a range of criteria so you are able to filter down what you are looking for. Whether you're shopping for a special occasion or looking for an airy dress for these lazy, hazy days of summer, Dressometry is the perfect first step for filtering through all that the internet has to offer. It even gives you alternatives when you click on a dress. The possibilities are limitless. It's a shopping addict's best dream and worst nightmare because it's so easy to use and makes you want to spend all of your money!

After taking my latest peek around the site, I am majorly lusting after this Nasty Gal dress. The gingham pattern is perfectly retro and the graphic black and white makes such a statement. The styling possibilities are endless whether you go sweet or punky.

Dress: Nasty Gal via Dressometry | Hat: Topshop | Boots: Jeffrey Campbell | Purse: Kate Spade Saturday | Necklace: Madewell | Midi Ring: Madewell | Lipstick: Nars

Have fun shopping and styling! Don't get into too much trouble with your bank account!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer in the City: Part 1


This is my second summer in New York City and it has been a complete blast so far! Greenwich Village is my home until August and I've made it my mission to explore as much as I can. I've got an endlessly long bucket list and I've been chipping away at it bit by bit! Stay tuned as I share pictures, stories, and opinions on what I did.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Venus Snap via Influenster Vox Box

I just got my first ever Influenster Vox Box. For those of you who aren't familiar, Influenster is a community for people to rate, review, and test products. As you build points on the site, you become eligible to receive products to test out.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Modcloth Uniquely You: Sweetly Literary

I was invited to participate in Modcloth's Uniquely You Challenge where we are asked to create an outfit of Modcloth pieces based on one that they choose for us. We were given the Abiding Beaty Dress in black to style. I love this dress for a few reasons. It's no secret that everyone should have a great black dress in their wardrobe. This dress has a universally flattering silhouette that's amazingly versatile. I wanted to show off the versatility of this dress in an outfit that could have you ready for work or the weekend since that's how I have been styling everything for the past week since I started my internship! I chose a literary, vintage inspired aesthetic and went to town. I found so many amazing pairs of shoes when I was browsing Modcloth but I fell in love with the Lucky Chic Flats in this gorgeous crimson. They add a punch of color to the outfit, and I reflected that in the floaty Santiago Sunset Scarf that adds a pretty, summery pattern. I love structured bags so I chose the Put-Together Get-Together Bag which comes in the prettiest light tan color. I took inspiration from words for the jewelry, with the utterly fabulous Quote Couture Earrings and the quirky Live Up to the Type Necklace. Modcloth has been one of my favorite places to shop since I stumbled upon it in high school and their summer picks are pretty stellar right now. Check out some more of their lovely dresses here!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Summer Movie Monday: Week 2

Enjoy week 2 of Summer Movie Monday, featuring Maleficent, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Filth, and Night Moves.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy TV


I have been a lifelong fan of television. Now we're in a bit of a golden age, with shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad dominating the conversation, but I have some other shows I'd like to talk about. I have always gravitated toward certain random shows that have made me giddy happy. It's often quirky, smart writing that just makes me roll on the floor laughing and that I hold dear to my heart years after these shows have aired. For one thing, it's just great to be witnessing a golden age in television, but a lot of it is pretty bleak so I unabashedly obsess over the shows that are quirky, shamelessly happy, and willing to look silly. Here they are in order of discovery:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Free People Movement

Now that some of the dust has settled in the wake of the abysmal "dancer" featured in promos, here are my favorite picks from Free People's new line of activewear. If there's one thing to keep in mind, it's that, as horribly ignorant as those promos were, the actual clothes that they're advertising, are really cute.

With a fabulously '90s silhouette, this bra top makes a statement with great colors and the perfect cut to show off all of the hard work that you're surely putting into your fitness plan if you're paying $58.00 for this top. $58.00

Monday, May 19, 2014

Summer Movie Monday: Catching Up


Now that school is over and I have some time to write (yay!), I'm finally able to fill you in on this summer's first round of movies. Look forward to one of these posts every week, but for now, this will cover the last few weeks of summer movies. Click through for the seven movies in this first installment!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dance


In early April, my school had it's semesterly dance show and besides participating, I took more than a few photos during our tech week and couldn't resist having some fun with them.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Apologies


I would like to apologize for the lack of blogging and the slight neglect shown to this blog. It's just that time of year where everything is moving so fast that when I finally get to my computer I just haven't had time to write blog posts. However, within a couple weeks there should be more regular posting!

In the meantime, here are some apology-themed songs! Apologies | Apologize

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday Tunes: Dirty Paws

Sorry for the delay in posting! I really try for every week, but last week just flew by me.


Dirty Paws | Of Monsters & Men


Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Essentials: Makeup Edition

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Years of doing stage makeup have prepared me for this moment (fun fact: I learned how to make myself look like a drag queen with no help when I was just 10 years old! The glories of dancing competitively). Here they are, my tried and true favorites that I just can't live without.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Essentials: Leather Edition

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I'm going to round up my all-time favorites for essential products that everyone should have! The perfect, classic cuts that will last you forever and have you primed and ready for everything you might encounter in your day.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday Tunes: Death Cab for Cutie

Since Tuesdays are the perfect day for tunes I'll occasionally be sharing some of my favorite lyrics and pictures that I've taken smashed up into one being! Enjoy!


Soul Meets Body | Death Cab for Cutie

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Work Out: Part 2

Since I firmly believe in having fun with work-out wear, I've compiled my second installment of outfits featuring fun colors and details that will have you looking your best even when you're sweating your butt off.

Bra | Sneakers | Sweatshirt | Sweatpants | T-shirt

I love colorblocking and it's a trend with a perfectly retro sporty touch so a great colorblocked sweatshirt makes for a perfect warm layer for warming up. A cool backless T-shirt will show off your pretty sports bra and also keep you cool. I love wearing clothes that double as normal and athletic because it gives your work out outfit some extra style that can't always be found in typical pieces. A great pair of basic sweatpants with a nice fit (think skinny, but still comfy!) and some printed kicks finish off this outfit perfectly.



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday Tunes: Soundtrack to my Studying

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With three tests and about a million other things to do this week, it was definitely the right time to whip out my favorite tracks to listen to while doing homework and studying. They've all got a nice pace to keep me going, occasionally give me the distraction I need, but never keep me away from my work too long.

What do you listen to when you study?



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Work Out: Part 1

In honor of the big Olympics (kind of a fiasco so far?) rolling in to a tv near you approximately now, here is the first installment in a series of outfits for the gym, yoga, whatever's your jam, because I sincerely believe in holding onto your style aesthetic even when working out.

Sports Bra | Sneakers | Tank | Sweatshirt | Bag | Leggings

Neon colors are usually pretty scary in the real world. In work-out world? They're basically all that's worth wearing, so you mights as well go to town and have fun with bright colors where it's socially acceptable and downright cool. I love that there are really no rules besides being able to move and keeping the right things covered so there are so many options. A crazy graphic tank, sports bra with cute detailing, and bright kicks will help you stand out wherever you are. Just to keep things nice and summer and carefree, pair this outfit with a metallic tote that stays stylish and holds absolutely everything so you're not just dragging a sad canvas bag with you everywhere.